BSc Speech and Language Therapy

Year of entry: 2019


Degree awarded
BSc(Hons) Speech and Language
3 years
Typical A-level offer


Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

We require 35 points overall, with 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • Our three-year course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, enabling you to apply for registration after graduation. 
  • Learn from users of speech and language therapy services via our  Speech and Language Therapy Service User Group , whose input helps inform the content of our course.
  • Have the option to extend your course by a year and take an  integrated master's  depending on your performance in Years 1 to 3.
Speech and Language Therapy and The University of Manchester

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Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2019 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £23,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Please note that future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Undergraduate tuition fees will apply for the fourth year of the integrated master's.

From 1 August 2017, new nursing, midwifery and allied health students will no longer receive NHS funding or bursaries. Instead, you will have access to the same student loans system as other students.

If this is your second tuition fee loan for an undergraduate course: Students who already have a degree and are planning to undertake a nursing, midwifery or allied health profession subject as a second degree will now also have access to student loans through the student loans system.

See more information about changes to NHS bursaries on the government's website .

International students: Fees for laboratory, science and engineering-based degrees are to be confirmed for 2018. See more information about international fees .

Additional expenses

You will complete three block clinical placements during the course. You will be expected to pay upfront travel costs and then apply to get these reimbursed.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 7601
+44 (0)161 275 3373
School/Faculty overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements


We typically require grades AAB. No specific subjects are required, but a mixture of science and arts subjects is recommended.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are welcomed, but are not normally included as part of the standard offer.


We do not accept two AS-level grades in place of one A-level.

Unit grade information

We welcome the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions.


We typically require six GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (including Mathematics), B/6 in English Language and B/6 in one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science.

International Baccalaureate

We require 35 points overall, with 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects.

Scottish requirements

We require grades AABBB in five Scottish Higher level subjects plus one Advanced Higher at grade B.

Please note if English Language and a Science subject is not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher, students must have achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade B / Intermediate 2 grade B / Standard Grade Credit level grade 2).

Similarly, if Mathematics is not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher, students must have achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

Welsh Baccalaureate

We welcome and recognise the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Core/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and you should offer this with two A-levels. The grade required will normally be the same as the lowest A-level grade listed in the entry requirements.

European Baccalaureate

We accept the European Baccalaureate on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

Other international entry requirements

Applications from overseas students are welcomed. See  entry requirements for your country .

Foundation year

Applicants should contact the academic School to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

BTEC National Extended Diploma

We require successful completion of a BTEC National Extended Diploma at grades D*DD.

BTEC National Diploma

We require successful completion of a BTEC National Diploma at grades DD plus A at A-level.

BTEC National Foundation Diploma

We accept the BTEC National Foundation Diploma at grade D in lieu of the third A-level only. It must be offered alongside 2 A-level subjects with minimum grades AB.

BTEC National Extended Certificate

We accept the BTEC National Extended Certificate at grade D in lieu of the third A-level only. It must be offered alongside 2 A-level subjects with minimum grades AB.

The National Certificate is not accepted.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

We require successful completion of a Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma at grades D*DD.

Cambridge Technical Diploma

We require successful completion of a Cambridge Technical Diploma at grades DD with one A-level at grade A.

Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

We accept the Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma at grade DD in lieu of the third A-level only. It must be offered alongside 2 A-level subjects with minimum grades AB.

Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

We accept the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate at grade D in lieu of the third A-level only. It must be offered alongside 2 A-level subjects with minimum grades AB.

The Cambridge Technical Certificate is not accepted.

Access to HE Diploma

For Access to Higher Education courses, an overall of 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3. A minimum of 30 credits should be at Distinction plus 15 credits at Merit. 15 credits at Distinction must be in a science subject.

You should also have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at minimum grade C/4.

Students educated up to GCSE level who have only taken a one-year Access course will not normally be accepted.

We also consider other factors such as other educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

Due to the nature of Access to HE diplomas, it is often not possible for an applicant's college to supply a sufficiently detailed reference. Under these circumstances, we may request a supplementary reference to enable us to fully consider your academic ability.

Although this could result in us delaying our decision, please be assured that this will not adversely affect your application in any way. Please contact us if you require further information.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview.

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

English language

Applicants for whom English is not a first language should appreciate that a particularly high standard of spoken and written English is necessary to cope with linguistics, phonetics and clinical work.

The minimum requirement is IELTS to an overall score to 8.0, with no component less than 7.5.

There is a great need for therapists who are fluent in more than one language and graduates with such skills would be a valuable addition to the profession; such candidates are therefore encouraged to apply.

See Higher Education Occupational Physicians/ Practitioners (HEOPS) Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) Students - Standards of medical fitness to train  [PDF] for more information.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

Work experience with speech and language therapy service providers is not a requirement for entry to the course.

However, if you have some practical experience with individuals who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing, we strongly encourage you to provide information about it in your personal statement and at interview.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

We consider applications for our three-year BSc and four-year MSpchLangTher courses together. Apply for whichever award you are interested in, as there will be the opportunity to transfer between these courses subject to academic criteria.

Everyone embarking upon a career as a healthcare professional should be aware of the  NHS Constitution , the principles and values of which are embedded in this course.

Interview requirements

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview.

Applicants will be invited to take part in multiple mini interviews with a focus on values-based recruitment , an approach developed by Health Education England that looks at whether potential students' values and behaviours align with those of the NHS Constitution. 

Interviews are scheduled to take place between November and February.

Returning to education

We welcome students who are returning to education after a period away from study. Returners typically make up a proportion of students on our course.

If you are returning to education, you should have completed some assessed study at level 3 in the five years prior to the start of the course.

Individual consideration is given to recent academic qualifications or other relevant experience. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience of health-related areas, especially in which there is some anatomy, physiology and/or psychology.

Find out more about life at Manchester as a mature student .

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We welcome applications from overseas students.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

Health screening

The University of Manchester is mindful of the health of both its students and of the public, with whom healthcare students come into contact on placement. If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with a confidential health screening check as advised by the Department of Health to meet your offer conditions.

The health screening comprises completion of a detailed health questionnaire by the applicant and their General Practitioner and also a medical appointment with the University's Occupational Health Department, who will advise on any follow-up vaccination or other intervention which may be indicated.

See Higher Education Occupational Physicians/ Practitioners (HEOPS) Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) Students - Standards of medical fitness to train [PDF] for more information.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

If your application is successful, we require you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


We accept deferrals for this course. Please note that if you want to defer entry to the course, you will still be required to attend interviews as part of the selection process during the current application cycle, rather than in the year of entry.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.

In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course. If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

Natasha Wetton - BSc Speech and Language Therapy

"The students are a really nice group to work with and it's quite a small course, so you get to know each other really well.

"I like learning about how you can help people fix problems with their speech and language. It's nice to help people who feel like they don't have a chance to get back to normality - to show them that there's hope and they can develop language skills again."

Natasha Wetton / BSc Speech and Language Therapy

Our three-year BSc Speech and Language Therapy course will prepare you for a career as a speech and language therapist who treats, supports and cares for those with communication, eating, drinking or swallowing problems.

You will develop the core theoretical knowledge and specialist clinical skills required by the speech and language therapy profession while learning the academic study skills you need to earn a higher education qualification.

Our course places particular emphasis on scientific thinking, preparing you to incorporate clinical enquiry into your chosen career path. You will gain practical, hands-on experience through block placements in each of the three years of study.

Depending on your performance in Years 1 to 3, you will have the opportunity to extend your studies by a year to undertake an integrated master's .

You will be able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists after graduation.

Special features

Extensive placement experience

Gain practical experience and team-working skills through three block placements totalling 16 weeks of hands-on work, which we organise for you.

Get involved

Help promote speech and language therapy as a profession through our Speech and Language Therapy Society, which has been highly commended in the University's annual Making A Difference Awards for social responsibility.

Careers help

In your final year, you will study a careers-focused course unit to help you prepare for the world of work.

Teaching and learning

You will learn through:

  • interactive, enquiry-based lectures and supporting tutorials;
  • independent study
  • research projects
  • individual and group projects
  • web-based study
  • clinical practice placements in the NHS.

You will learn from a number of award-winning leaders in speech and language therapy education. A number of our staff hold fellowships from the Higher Education Academy.  

You will be assigned an individual academic advisor who regularly offers general academic and personal support. On starting the course all first year students are matched with a Speech and Language Therapy student peer mentor from a higher year group, who offers group and individual suppose and advice on various aspects of student life in Manchester.

You can also take part in Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) where students provide support and facilitation of learning for specific course units. Learn more about support for our students .

This course is very much full-time and you need to ensure you are available between 9am and 5pm five days a week, although some of this time may be spent off campus in private study or directed reading.

We do, however, understand the needs of those with dependants, and always try to give plenty of warning of changes to timetables and offer more convenient times where possible.


We partner with around 66 organisations across the north-west, with a small number of charities, schools and private companies in addition to large NHS Trusts that provide placements for our students.

We endeavour to provide you with at least one placement with paediatrics and one with adults across your time on the course.

You will experience a range of speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders while on placement, which could include:

  • language disorder
  • speech disorder
  • dysfluency (stammering)
  • voice disorders
  • aphasia
  • dysarthria
  • word finding difficulties
  • eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties
  • reading and writing disorders.

As a student on this course participating in clinical placements arranged by The University of Manchester as part of your degree, you are covered by the public liability insurance of the placement provider organisation and protected by the indemnity insurance cover of your supervising clinician, who will be a registered member of the HCPC and RCSLT.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your learning through written exams, written assignments, presentations and vivas.

View our  recommended reading list (PDF, 128KB) for some potential background reading.

Course unit details

All three years of the course involve academic and practical work, including a considerable amount of clinical experience, and we work closely with local NHS providers to make sure that we prepare you to meet the highest possible workplace standard.

In the first year, study focuses on developing intellectual skills and understanding of typical speech, language and swallowing.

The second and third years include units on clinical linguistics and research, but much of your time is spent studying impairments of speech, language, communication and swallowing, as well as approaches to assessment and intervention while also gaining clinical experience.

Course content for year 1

You will study foundation science subjects as they apply to speech and language therapy (clinical research, biomedical sciences, phonetics, linguistics, psychology and sociology).

You will also undertake professional orientation and preparation towards your first four-week block clinical placement in the north-west region.

Course content for year 2

Drawing on your clinical experience from Year 1, study focuses on developmental communication and swallowing disorders, as well as those acquired in adulthood.

Study is more clinically focused in clinical linguistics, phonetics and research methods. Professional preparation continues towards your six-week block clinical placement.

Course content for year 3

Apply more critical thinking to your studies as you move towards professional autonomy in your final year. Study builds upon Year 2, considering those living with lifelong disability, as well as acquired neurological disorders and developing advanced research skills in your particular areas of interest.

There is professional preparation towards your final six-week block clinical placement and, looking beyond this, to preparing you for employment as a speech and language therapist.

If you wish to proceed to the MSpchLangTher integrated master's in Speech and Language Therapy at the end of Year 3, you will be required to have achieved a year average of 60% minimum in Years 1 to 3 to be considered.

What our students say

BSc Speech and Language Therapy - Richard's Story
Find out more about what it's like to study at Manchester on the  Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog .


Our Speech and Language Therapy students can access our own resource room, which is continually updated to incorporate the most commonly used clinical assessment and intervention materials in the field.

We also have access to dedicated technical support, with rooms available for preparation of presentations and video or audiotape analyses.  

University facilities

The University of Manchester offers extensive teaching and learning facilities and  library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: .

The Health and Care Professions Council also has some guidance for prospective students for health professions courses .


Career opportunities

BSc Speech and Language Therapy - Richard Stephens

"I'm now getting ready to further my dream with a potential career in postgraduate stammering research.

"I want to help better understand this speech disorder, not only for myself, but for the benefit of the millions of people who stammer worldwide."

Richard Stephens / 2017 graduate and MSc Neuroimaging for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience student

Speech and language therapists in the UK are mainly employed by the NHS, although there are opportunities within charitable and private organisations. Many therapists work in educational settings and some set up in independent practice or take research posts. There are also opportunities overseas.

Our graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • acute dysphagia and stroke rehabilitation;
  • community paediatrics;
  • paediatrics within education for disabled children;
  • research at The University of Manchester.

Accrediting organisations

This degree has been approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for regulatory purposes. This means you will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC and to become a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) after graduation.